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MOSCOW, September 1. /TASS/. Andrei Kirilenko, elected last month the president of the Russian Basketball Federation (RBF), told TASS on Tuesday he was blocked from accessing the federation’s documents and bank accounts.
"Organization’s Acting General Secretary Andrey Arkhangelsky obstructs the federation’s work," Kirilenko said in an interview with TASS. "He just does not let the federation function normally. He has blocked access to documents and accounts of the federation. We have to work under such uneasy conditions."
Commenting on Kirilenko’s statement, Arkhangelsky told TASS he had provided the new administration of the federation with all the required documentation.
"I am at work in the RBF office every single day," Arkhangelsky said in an interview with TASS. "Kirilenko neither met, nor spoke with me. I do not know how can I be obstructing the work. I have provided the federation’s new administration with all the necessary documents."
Kirilenko, 34, called it a day in his basketball career earlier in the year and was elected the new president of the RBF on August 25. The RBF’s elections of the president and members of the Executive Committee were held a week ago within the frames of the federation’s extraordinary conference.
Before last Tuesday, Kirilenko and Dmitry Domani, the general manager of the national men’s basketball team, were the only two candidates to take the helm of the federation.
The RBF, however, announced on its website on the morning of August 25 that Domani, who was the last-minute nominee proposed by a number of Russian regional basketball federations, decided to withdraw his candidacy.
The RBF, according to Kirilenko, is currently in a difficult situation and it was first struck hard earlier this year, when women’s national team, who are the 2003, 2007 and 2011 European Champions, failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
In the further development of events, the RBF was suspended in late July by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), which cited the lack of transparency in the Russian federation’s management as the reason for its decision. All Russian national basketball teams were suspended from international competitions as a result of the suspension.
However, at a session of the FIBA’s Central Board, which convened on August 8-9 in Tokyo, Japan, it was decided to all the Russian national teams were to play at the international level championships, but the suspension of the RBF remained in force.